Motorcycle Accident

Wear Full Safety Gear When You Ride Your Motorcycle This Summer

by Staff Blogger | June 28th, 2018

Temperatures and humidity have been high so far this summer in Roanoke, and that can make wearing full riding gear more uncomfortable than usual for motorcyclists.

But forgoing any aspect of riding gear can significantly increase the risk of serious injuries during accidents. “All the gear, all the time” is a common phrase in the motorcycle community, and it means that you should never ride anywhere, whether it’s a cross-country road trip or a short drive down the street, without proper protective gear.

Some riders may ride with only their helmets on during the summer to avoid the heat, but they risk many serious injuries, including:

  • Road rash—Any exposed skin can be subject to painful and debilitating road rash during motorcycle accidents. There’s no part of the body that’s likely to be spared during a crash, and that’s why it’s vital for riders to wear gear that covers as much skin as possible.
  • Lost digits—Gloves and riding boots do more than just protect skin—they can also protect fingers and toes from severe injuries that can result in severe nerve damage and partial or complete amputation. Gloves and boots that are designed for riding serve as an important line of defense during accidents, and riders should never get on their bikes without wearing them.

Motorcycle safety gear has come a long way in recent years, and it’s easy to find gear that’s breathable and comfortable, even when it’s hot outside.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers know that wearing protective gear can reduce the risk of injuries, but it can’t reduce the risk of accidents—especially when other drivers are negligent.

If you were injured by a careless driver, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Left-Turning Vehicles Are a Major Threat to Motorcyclists

by Staff Blogger | May 24th, 2018

If you’re a motorcyclist, you know that you face a lot of hazards on Virginia’s roadways that may not affect drivers in cars, trucks, and SUVs. Potholes, loose gravel, and wet asphalt can cause even the most experienced riders to lose control of their bikes.

Other vehicles are another significant risk factor, especially when drivers aren’t actively looking out for motorcyclists. There’s no scenario more dangerous for motorcyclists than inattentive drivers who are making left turns.

Whether they’re at intersections or they’re turning from a stopped position in the middle of the road, drivers don’t always look for motorcyclists before turning left. And when motorcyclists are approaching their position, serious accidents can occur.

You can reduce your risks of being involved in this type of accident by:

  • Spotting vehicles that may be turning left early—As you approach an intersection, be on the lookout for vehicles in left turn lanes. Stay focused on them as you get closer, and be prepared to slow down if one of the vehicles turns left into your path.
  • Wearing brightly colored riding gear—One of the biggest reasons that drivers turn left into the paths of motorcyclists is because they don’t see them. Motorcycles are small and low-profile compared to cars, trucks, and SUVs. You can make yourself more visible by wearing safety gear that’s brightly colored and reflective.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers are here to help if you or someone you love were hurt by a left-turning driver. It’s our goal to help you maximize your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

Spring Motorcycle Safety Checklist

by Staff Blogger | March 22nd, 2018

Spring has officially arrived, and roads in Virginia will soon be populated with eager motorcyclists who are ready to finally take advantage of warm weather and the beautiful scenery throughout the Commonwealth.

If you or someone you love enjoys traveling on two wheels for commuting or recreational purposes, there’s no better time to enjoy it than spring. However, because many people put their bikes into storage during the winter, it’s important to ensure that they are safe to ride before hitting the roads again.

At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our goal to protect motorcyclists both before and after accidents, and we know that to reduce your risks, you should:

  • Inspect your safety gear and make sure it’s ready. Safety gear is only effective if it’s undamaged and properly certified. Make sure your helmet fits properly and is certified by DOT, ECE 22.05, or Snell, and that the rest of your gear is intact and free from major damage or tears.
  • Service any parts on your bike that need it. Check your headlights and brake lights before riding, as well as your tire tread and brakes. Make any necessary repairs or replacements before you ride, as failing to do so can significantly increase your risk of an accident.

Unfortunately, even the most safety-conscious motorcyclists can still be injured by negligent and inattentive drivers. If you or someone you love was hurt by a careless motorist, get in touch with a Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyer today for a free consultation.

3 Road Hazards All Motorcyclists Should Be Aware Of

by Staff Blogger | February 15th, 2018

Motorcyclists have a lot to contend with when they head out on their bikes. In addition to always being on the lookout for inattentive drivers, they also may have to ride on roads that aren’t always well-maintained. In fact, road defects, hazards, and debris that are often little more than minor annoyances for drivers in cars, trucks, and SUVs can cause serious accidents for motorcyclists.

It’s important to both understand the most common road hazards and know how to avoid them when you’re riding. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys have seen many cases where riders were injured because of poor road conditions—especially these three common hazards:

  1. Potholes – Potholes can range from small divots in roadways to large gashes in asphalt that can heavily damage and even total large passenger vehicles. They can be deadly for motorcyclists, as they can cause riders to be thrown from their bikes.
  2. Gravel – Gravel can form when roadways begin to break down over time, but it’s also used on some rural roads. While it’s suitable for driving over in passenger vehicles, it can cause motorcycle tires to slip, resulting in accidents.
  3. Slick asphalt – Modern passenger vehicles have tires that are designed to grip in a variety of conditions, and with four wheels making contact with the ground, it’s harder to lose control. But motorcycle tires are small and have less traction, and with only two wheels, slick conditions can cause riders to lose control.

Watching out for road hazards can reduce your risk of a crash, but it can’t eliminate it completely—especially when other drivers are negligent. If you were hurt by a careless driver, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Motorcyclists, Watch for These Inattentive Driver Behaviors.

by Staff Blogger | December 21st, 2017

When you get around town on two wheels, you face many risks that drivers and passengers in cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs don’t often worry about. While people in passenger vehicles are protected by seat belts, air bags, and other advanced safety features, motorcyclists like you have only their safety gear to protect them in the event of an accident. That’s why preventing crashes in the first place is so important.

As a motorcyclist, you can reduce your risks by watching the road for potential hazards, including potholes, oil spills, loose gravel, and debris. You can also improve your safety by reducing your speed when negotiating turns, knowing your limits as a rider, and never lane-splitting.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that safety-conscious motorcyclists are much more likely to avoid accidents, but we also know that some motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers. Knowing the common causes of driver-induced motorcycle accidents can help you stay alert and attentive when riding near vehicles. Those causes include:

  • Following too closely – If you hear or see a vehicle following you too closely, change lanes whenever possible. Rear-end collisions can be fatal for motorcyclists, even at relatively low speeds.
  • Lane crowding – Drivers don’t always give motorcyclists the room they deserve or need. When a driver drifts into or crowds your lane, you may be pushed into adjacent lanes or even off the road entirely. When that happens, slow down to allow the vehicle to merge or speed up to get in front of it.

Drivers and motorcyclists have a responsibility to safely share the road. But too often, drivers fail to uphold their end of the deal, as they may not look for motorcyclists or treat them with the respect they deserve.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a careless driver, we want to hear from you. Call today for a free consultation, and get a Virginia motorcycle accident attorney on your side.

Don’t Ride Without the Right Safety Gear

by Staff Blogger | November 9th, 2017

It’s hard to beat the sense of freedom, independence, and sheer exhilaration that riding a motorcycle can bring. Whether you ride for pleasure or as your primary method of transportation, you know that traveling on two wheels in open air is a distinctly different experience than traveling in a car, truck, or SUV.

Unfortunately, for all the perks of motorcycles, there are also some significant downsides—with the biggest being the lack of safety features. Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous and have a high risk of causing disabling and even life-threatening injuries, but riders can reduce their risks by wearing the right safety gear.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many motorcycle accident victims over the years, and we know the ones with the best prognosis after crashes are those who wear the following gear:

  • Industry-approved helmet: Whether it’s DOT, ECE 22.05, or Snell-approved, make sure your helmet passes industry safety guidelines.
  • Riding jacket and pants: Road rash is one of the biggest threats riders face during accidents, and thick jackets and pants designed for riding protect the skin from contact with asphalt, pavement, or gravel.
  • Boots and gloves: Road rash isn’t the only concern during accidents for riders. They can even lose fingers and toes. Highly durable boots and gloves protect skin, bones, and digits during crashes.

Safety gear can significantly reduce the risk of injuries, but it can’t eliminate it. If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

2 Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff Blogger | September 7th, 2017

As a motorcyclist, you do everything you can to stay safe on Virginia’s roads. That means always wearing full safety gear, including a helmet, riding jacket, pants, gloves, and boots. It also means using your headlights and turn signals, riding defensively, and avoiding aggressive riding behaviors.

However, you also know that all motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable, even when they follow every safety precaution in the book. Whether inexperienced or inattentive, not all drivers are prepared to drive near motorcyclists. Many motorcyclists are injured every year because of cars, trucks, and SUVs.

Two of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents that involve other vehicles include:

  1. Drivers turning left without looking – One of the most vulnerable scenarios for motorcyclists is approaching intersections or areas of the road where vehicles make left turns. Some drivers briefly glance at oncoming traffic before turning, and they may only look for passenger vehicles. That can result in serious and even deadly T-bone collisions involving motorcycles.
  2. Drivers crowding motorcyclists or entering their lanes – Motorcyclists get all the same rights on Virginia’s roads as other motorists. But some drivers don’t give them the respect they deserve. That can result in inconsiderate, aggressive, and dangerous behaviors like drifting into their lanes, causing them to be forced onto the shoulder of the road or to lose control of their bikes.

Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers knows that motorcyclists are at risk of suffering severe and even life-threatening injuries when they’re involved in crashes with other vehicles.

When those accidents are the other drivers’ fault, it’s important that the victims get a fair chance of receiving compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accident? Don’t Take the Blame.

by Staff Blogger | June 22nd, 2017

A motorcycle accident claim in Roanoke isn’t something you should take on alone. Doing so could leave you and your family in a difficult financial situation that you may not be able to pull yourself out of. The problems come right from the start. Proving fault in a motorcycle accident can be tricky, especially if there were no witnesses. Someone with questionable integrity could try to pin the blame on you, even though it was their fault. If the officer at the scene sees it their way, it can make getting fair compensation extremely difficult.

Even if the accident report indicates you were the victim in the accident, you still have a long road ahead dealing with the insurance company. They want you to go away as quickly as possible, so they may throw a decent settlement offer at you soon following your accident. In our experience, these offers won’t cover all of your expenses long-term, nor will they compensate you for lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Don’t fall for it. Call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney instead.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, Skolrood Law Firm may be able to help. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Because we ride as well, we know what you’re going through and we’ll do everything within our power to make sure you get full compensation for your injuries. Don’t take on the big insurance company alone. Contact us today.

Road Hazards vs. Other Drivers

by Staff Blogger | April 27th, 2017

Motorcyclists’ lives depend on how quickly they can respond to threats on the road. No matter what type of road they find themselves on, they must watch for potholes, debris, and other hazards. Fortunately, road hazards lack the ability to think. You’ll never see a pothole decide at the last second to move a few feet to the left, nor will gravel jump from the shoulder into the middle of the road on a whim. That’s why road hazards are for the most part manageable. Other drivers are a different story.

At Skorood Law Firm, we’ve handled a number of motorcycle accident cases over the years that could easily have been avoided if a careless driver had been paying attention. From pulling out in front of riders at intersections to failing to look before changing lanes, these incidents have resulted in serious injuries, even death. Believe us when we say, you don’t want that on your conscience. If you drive in Roanoke, you have the ability to take or save a life. Be alert and share the road.

And if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, give us a call for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’re ready to hear your story and put our legal experience to work for you. We’ll do everything within our power to maximize your injury claim, so that you can start putting your life back together. Don’t go it alone. Contact us today.

Were You in a Motorcycle Accident in 2016?

by Staff Blogger | March 23rd, 2017

If you’ve read our blog before, you know that we are motorcycle enthusiasts at Skolrood Law Firm. For those of us who love to ride, winter can seem like a never-ending season. We long for warmer days when an afternoon ride doesn’t require 15 layers of clothing and hand warmers. Unfortunately for Virginians, that’s still a while off.

You might think since it’s winter that our motorcycle accident workload would be lower, but that’s not necessarily the case. If you or someone you love has been in a motorcycle accident, you know that a full recovery can take months, even years. In fact, there are more than likely folks out there in our communities who were involved in a motorcycle accident months ago and still are trying to put their lives back together. If that’s your situation and you haven’t already settled with the insurance company, you should give us a call immediately.

The motorcycle accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm have years of experience helping Virginia motorcycle accident victims get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. That can include money for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, get a law firm that rides on your side. We know your rights, and we’ll fight tooth and nail to get you all the compensation you deserve.